Guayusa is endemic to the Upper Amazon regions of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, it is estimated that over 98% of the guayusa trees in the world are located in Ecuador.
Ilex Guayusa Amazon tea contains 80% caffeine from coffee and cocoa theobroma which are two energizers. Additionally it contains Ltheonine which is an amino acid that works as a tranquilizer.
The Guayusa Tea taste
The flavor is similar to mate tea, but with a more plush, fruity flavor and a complete lack of bitterness. Tasting invites comparison to green tea, but the flavor is less tannic and the texture is more creamy (much more so than other herbal teas I’ve tried). Actually you can brew guayusa like any other herbal tea.
Guayusa Tea contains an amazing amount of powerful antioxidants. Only raw cacao powder has more antioxidants than Guayusa tea. In fact Guayusa contains more antioxidants than acai berries, goji berries, black berries, blue berries, and even kale. And Guayusa Tea even has 50% more antioxidants than green tea and is full of polyphenols, flavonoids, and saponins. These compounds in guayusa offer a range of holistic health benefits from calming the nervous system to cardiovascular health.
Guayusa also contains theobromine (also found in chocolate) which is a powerful antioxidant and a vasodilator which opens up the lungs… and it’s a stimulant and a diuretic. Theobromine itself works to stimulate the body in a similar way to caffeine – but is less intense. Theobromine has also been recognized as a something that can suppress coughing and help with the symptoms of asthma. It is understood that the stimulative affects from theobromine, while less intense than caffeine, last longer and also work in way that decreases blood pressure – while unbalanced or pure coffee / caffeine acts to increase it. Perhaps this is why guayusa feels so unlike coffee in that you get the energy but with out the intensity – and that energy is much more drawn out over time. The theobromine acts to create an equilibrium with caffeine’s more intense effects.
L-theanine is a amino acid (mostly found in green tea), relaxes and reduces stress without causing drowsiness. L-theanine also works great in counteracting the jitters and increased heart rate from caffeine. Making L-theanine and caffeine a super effective combo.
The Guayusa leaf contains caffeine, less than coffee, and more than green tea.